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Season: 1
Year: 1971 | 1972


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

16 September 1971
1914. 18 year U.S. 7th Calvary veteran Nichols returns home to his namesake hometown, Nichols, Arizona. He finds out his mother has died and his family ranch has been taken. Right away gets into trouble and winds up becoming the sheriff.

James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth the Barmaid
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch Mitchell
Paul Hampton ... Johnson - Car Thief

John Quade ... Scully One
John Harding ... Salter - Bar Proprietor
Wayne Heffley ... Team Leader
Harry Hickox ... Commanding Officer - Sam
Owen Bush ... Conductor
Bobby Ferro ... Slobby Kid (uncredited)
Florence Lake ... Mrs. Prine (uncredited)

Jesse Wayne ... Scully Two (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: The Siege

23 September 1971
A Mexican revolutionary, Colonel Alcazar, makes a unwanted stop to Nichols town with his gang. He needs to have his tooth taken out and replaced. So he holds the whole town hostage. Nichols tries to keep the peace at all costs.

James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch Mitchell

Ricardo Montalban ... Colonel Diego Alcazar / El Aguila
Armand Alzamora ... Raoul - Bodyguard

Stefan Gierasch ... Doc K. Bernstein
Wayne Heffley ... Cavalry Major
John Harding ... Salter
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte -Telegraph Operator
Ana Maria Majalca ... Maria - Maid (as Anna Marie Majalca)
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless (as James Reeves)
Vernon Weddle ... Reporter
Chuy Franco ... Alfredo - Bodyguard (as Chuey Franco)
Toby Anderson ... Adjutant

Season 1, Episode 3: The Indian Giver

30 September 1971
Non-violent Nichols has his hands full when a Indian named "Flying Fox" comes to town claiming he owns the Ketcham's land and has the papers and deed to prove it. Ma Ketcham isn't about to give up without a fight.

James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth (credit only)
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Deputy Mitch Mitchell

Michael Tolan ... Flying Fox
James Greene ... Lou Feeny
John Harding ... Salter
Judd Pratt ... Trencher
Britt Leach ... Clerk
William Paterson ... Banker Perkins
Eddie Quillan ... Agent

Richard Bull ... Thatcher
Rod McGaughy ... Townsman (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 4: Paper Badge

7 October 1971


James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth (credit only)
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham (credit only)

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Deputy Mitch Mitchell

Joyce Van Patten ... Arletta McGreevy

John Rubinstein ... Fred Buckerman
Ray Reinhardt ... Duffield
Tracy Bogart ... Susan
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless
James Beach ... Bob Sanders
John Morgan Evans ... Actor (as John Evans)
E.A. Sirianni ... Gillman
Dick Ryal ... Ed Cunningham
E.J. André ... Ed Hargot (as Ed Andre)

Don Pedro Colley ... Joe Cramm
Clifford Davis ... Billings

Stefan Gierasch ... Doc Bernstein
Harry Hickox ... Man

Hoke Howell ... Ernie

Alan Oppenheimer ... Averrel
William Paterson ... Perkins

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gabe McCutcheon

Season 1, Episode 5: Gulley vs. Hansen

14 October 1971


James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Deputyt Mitch Mitchell
Robert Gist ... Gulley

Charles McGraw ... Hansen
Jack Garner ... Van Vechten

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gabe McCutcheon (as Emmet Walsh)
Joe Brown ... Minister
Joanie Larson ... Choir Mistress
Ralph Montgomery ... Salesman Johnson
Jerry Harper ... Idler

Season 1, Episode 6: Deer Crossing

21 October 1971
Apache Juan Garcia has Ketchum, a U. S. Marshal, and others on his heels attempting to prevent the native American from hunting a big buck before the season begins. Nichols has to walk a fine line to keep the peace and somehow skirt the law too.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Ray Danton ... Juan
Gene Evans ... Durand
William Bramley ... Hemmings
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless
Ted Gehring ... Henry
Joanie Larson ... Martha
Claudio Martínez ... Juantio

Season 1, Episode 7: The Specialists

28 October 1971
When Nichols learns the location of a fortune in stolen money, he assembles a gang of specialists to help him heist it.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch (credit only)

Ralph Waite ... Sam Burton

Don Keefer ... Burt Lincoln
Michael Baseleon ... Willy Brownfur

Henry Beckman ... Murphy

Robert F. Simon ... Slade
Charles Dierkop ... Nose
Poupée Bocar ... Carmen (as Poupee Bocar)

Stefan Gierasch ... Doc Bernstein
John Harding ... Salter
John Crawford ... Marshall
Ralph James ... Kitchen Boss

Season 1, Episode 8: Peanuts and Crackerjacks

4 November 1971
Hoping to gain some back pay, Nichols challenges an army post from close by to a game of baseball in order to help the town's finance committee.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch
Med Flory ... Cyrus

Alice Ghostley ... Bertha
Paul Hampton ... Johnson
Wayne Heffley ... Major

Richard Bull ... Thatcher

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gabe McCutcheon (as Emmet Walsh)
E.J. André ... Hargut (as E.J. Andre)

William Christopher ... Niles

Buck Kartalian ... Samuel
Florence Lake ... Mrs. Prine
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless (as James Reeves)
Don Newcombe ... George Henry
Art Passarella ... Umpire
Kenny Endoso ... Juan (as Ken Endoso)
E.A. Sirianni ... Gillman (as E.D. Sirianni)
Raphael Lopez ... Chief
Moosie Drier ... Brother
Sarah Fankboner ... Fan

Season 1, Episode 9: Ketcham Power

11 November 1971
With Nichols away, Ketcham takes over as deputy sheriff and subsequently abuses his authoritative power, but when two thieves nearly murder him, he has a change of heart.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Alan Oppenheimer ... Averrel

Clifford David ... Billings

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gabe McCutcheon

Don Pedro Colley ... Joe Cramm

Hoke Howell ... Ernie
John Harding ... Salter

Stefan Gierasch ... Doc Bernstein
E.J. André ... Ed Hargut (as E.J. Andre)
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless
James Beach ... Bob Sanders
William Paterson ... Perkins

Harry Harvey ... Man
Luis Delgado ... Prisoner Released from Jail (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 10: The One Eyed Mule's Time Has Come

23 November 1971


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch
Kristoffer Tabori ... Frankie

Roy Jenson ... Bull
Walter Burke ... Hartford
Rayford Barnes ... Axel
Jerry Summers ... Fred

Lillian Bronson ... Old Lady
Edith Leslie ... Bartender

Season 1, Episode 11: Away the Rolling River

30 November 1971
An aging hell-raiser tries to enlist Nichols into helping with a train robbery.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Steve Forrest ... Sam Yeager

Stefan Gierasch ... Doc Bernstein
John Daheim ... Railroad Detective (as John Day)

Richard Yniguez ... Casado
William Paterson ... Perkins

Season 1, Episode 12: Where Did Everybody Go?

7 December 1971


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Catlin Adams ... Mabel Zimmerman (as Nira Barab)

Jesse Vint ... Charlie Springer

Bill Vint ... Springer Brother
Alan Vint ... Springer Brother
Paul Hampton ... Johnson
Robert Gist ... Gulley

Richard Bull ... Thatcher
John Harding ... Salter
Robert Gibbons ... Dentist
Dana Derfus ... Blacksmith
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Ben (as Bennie Dobbins)

Season 1, Episode 13: The Marrying Fool

28 December 1971
In the 1914 town of Nichols, Arizona, Sheriff Nichols tries to get to the bottom of an accusation. Ruth marries Charlie only to learn that is he may be already married to Caralee.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Tom Skerritt ... Charley Doyle

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Roarke

Susan Tyrrell ... Caralee
John Harding ... Salter
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte
Joe Billings ... The Stranger
Joe Brown ... The Preacher
Luis Delgado ... Patron at Salter's (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 14: Eddie Joe

4 January 1972


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Paul Winfield ... Eddie Joe
Warren Vanders ... Pel De Carlo
Eric Laneuville ... Stove Boy
James Daris ... Curtiss
Lou Frizzell ... Warden

Scatman Crothers ... Jack
Jester Hairston ... Melville
Napoleon Whiting ... Preacher
James Beach ... Sanders
John J. Fox ... Man In Bar
Howard Dayton ... Man In Bar
Sam Javis ... Man In Bar
Luis Delgado ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 15: Zachariah

11 January 1972
Nichols Uncle Zachariah comes to town and asks him to dig up some money he had stashed before he went to prison. Nichols doesn't know Zachariah's old cellmates are also after the money.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Strother Martin ... Zachariah
Barry Cahill ... Logan

Marc Lawrence ... Prouty
Edward Faulkner ... Randall
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte
Luis Delgado ... Customer
Dick Ryal ... Customer

Season 1, Episode 16: The Unholy Alliance

18 January 1972
When Nichols is mistaken for a safe cracker named Fingers, he gets involved with a plot to break into the bank and steal over $400,000 in cash the railroad is storing there.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch
Noam Pitlik ... Jack Stone
Jennifer Gan ... Gloria
Liam Dunn ... Fingers
Orwin C. Harvey ... Ray (as Orwin Harvey)

Chuck Hicks ... Steve

William Christopher ... Niles
Ted Gehring ... Railroad Executive
Regis Cordic ... Tyler (as Regis J. Cordic)

Season 1, Episode 17: Sleight of Hand

1 February 1972


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Bo Hopkins ... Kansas

Dabbs Greer ... Harrigan

Jonathan Goldsmith ... Ralph (as Jonathan Lippe)
Luis Delgado ... Luis

William Christopher ... Niles
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte
Frederick Downs ... Sam
Duncan McLeod ... Scrody
Harvey Johnson ... Samuel Bookman
Chester Grimes ... First Man
Steve Chambers ... Second Man

Season 1, Episode 18: Wings of an Angel

8 February 1972

Season 1, Episode 19: About Jesse James

15 February 1972
An old army buddy of Nichols (his oldest friend) arrives in town with plans to rob a train.

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Jack Elam ... Marcus A.F. Baxter

Charles McGraw ... Luke

Fran Ryan ... Minnie Dowd

Vincent Van Patten ... Grover (as Vincent Van Patton)

Dort Clark ... Sheriff

Rance Howard ... Deputy
Dennis Robertson ... Kenneth

Paul Brinegar ... Gaffer
Charles Knapp ... Turpin

Frank Bonner ... Gruber
John Rayner ... Tedesco
Barry O'Hara ... Bartender
John Bunzel ... Melvin
Peter Paul Eastman ... Card Player (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 20: Fight of the Century

22 February 1972


James Garner ... Sheriff Frank Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Sara 'Ma' Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Deputy Mitch Mitchell
Ray Young ... Ernest Hagenstad

H.B. Haggerty ... George Gordon Gorman / Gentleman George

Ed Flanders ... Harlan B. Flanders
Andy Utay ... Citizen
Luis Delgado ... Luis
Harvey Parry ... Michael J. O'Hannahan (as Harvey Perry)
Chester Grimes ... Citizen
Richard Stahl ... Doc Bernstein
Florence Lake ... Old Lady
E.A. Sirianni ... Solid Citizen
Patrick Campbell ... Tipsy Towne

Harry Harvey ... Irate Citizen
Jerry Harper ... A Bettor
Sid Kane ... Senior Citizen
Bobby Gilbert ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 21: Man's Best Enemy

29 February 1972


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Lou Wagner ... McKeever

Kelly Thordsen ... Jacob Klaus
Iler Rasmussen ... Hector Klaus

M. Emmet Walsh ... Gabe McCutcheon
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless
John Harding ... Salter

Richard Bull ... Thatcher
Nora Marlowe ... Mrs. Goudge

Olan Soule ... Mr. Goudge
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte
James Beach ... Sanders

Kay E. Kuter ... Jensen

Season 1, Episode 22: Wonder Fizz Flies Again

7 March 1972


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham / Orv

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Allyn Ann McLerie ... Maggie

Val Avery ... Jasper
Ramon Bieri ... Cutler
Jay Varela ... Sin Lingua
Priscilla Garcia ... Juanita
Rayford Barnes ... Ellsberg
Chuy Franco ... Revolutionary (as Chuey Franco)
Douglas Dirkson ... Aide to Cutler
Henry Allin ... Doctor

Season 1, Episode 23: All in the Family

14 March 1972
The episode begins with Nichols amiably asking a troublemaker named Quinn to pay for damages he caused in the saloon. Quinn shockingly blows him away. After Nichols' funeral the town is shocked when his identical twin brother comes to town, seeking justice,

James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Anthony Zerbe ... Quinn
Marge Redmond ... Juanita

John Quade ... Zeb
John Harding ... Salter

Russ McCubbin ... Donnie
Luis Delgado ... Luis
Ray Pourchot ... Porky
Chester Grimes ... Chuey

Buck Kartalian ... Samuel
Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 24: Bertha

16 May 1972


James Garner ... Nichols

Margot Kidder ... Ruth
Neva Patterson ... Ma Ketcham

John Beck ... Ketcham

Stuart Margolin ... Mitch

Alice Ghostley ... Bertha
Gale Dixon ... Lucinda
Karl Lukas ... Harry Carmichael

Eve Bruce ... Hazel
Marie Gahva ... Maria (as Maria Gahva)
Sandy Brown Wyeth ... Alice
James Lee Reeves ... Fearless

William Christopher ... Niles
Barbara Collentine ... Charlotte

Buck Kartalian ... Samuel
Gregg Palmer ... Burt

Herman Poppe ... George

Larry Gelman ... Cronie
John Taylor ... Harleigh
Richard Wright ... Jo Bob

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